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Group I picked up locally about 10 plus years ago. Otto Gans was a civilian dock worker assigned to Wake Island at the begging of WW2. Otto was on the island when the Japanese invaded and he was taken prisoner in 1942. Otto eventually was transferred to China where it appears he spent the war. The group includes a teak wood cane with what appears to be a aircraft aluminum sheath. cane is very ornate with a lot of carvings covering areas he was imprisoned. Also include in the group is a teak wood pipe holder again with locations of his time as a POW. Also in the group is a POW I.D tag front with his POW info and the back with a drawing of Wake island. Last in the group is a named soap dish, not sure when he would have received this. I have found some info on Otto on line which confirms his time on Wake and as a POW. Otto was located in Shanghai Prison. Looking at the I.D. tag it is interesting how "Ileland". It would appear he was moved to Shanghai in 44? I.D. tag has 44 following Otto's name and lists Wake in 1942

Hope you enjoy this group and any input on this individual would be greatly appreciated. thanks Mike

 

 

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Awesome grouping, especially the carved cane! Congrats!

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CPNAB was " Contractors Pacific Naval Air Bases" . Most of the Wake Island Civilians that worked for CPNAB were contracted by MK (Morrison Knudsen). There is a good chance he worked for them. I will take a look. I have quite a bit of material er from civilians captured on Wake Island.

 

I especially like that dogtag!!

 

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I could not find him in the MK employee book. He must have worked for one of the other companies,

 

Kurt

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WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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I could not find him in the MK employee book. He must have worked for one of the other companies,

 

Kurt

Thanks for looking Kurt, could he have been assigned to the clipper fleet?

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The CPNAB was assigned contracts based on the need to build air bases for land aircraft all over the Pacific. They had contracts in Hawaii, Guam, wake Island, and midway at the beginning of the war . They did not necessarily support clipper aircraft facilities since they landed in the water and PAA owned them.

 

Kurt

!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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When I found Otto a few years ago on the ADA site it listed him as a “dock worker”

Kurt thanks for the info on the PNAB. Was not sure what that was but sure makes sense now

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Even companies constructing Air Fields need stevedores when working on an island!

 

Kurt

!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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